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Task Manager not starting?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kenneth2k1, Aug 9, 2006.

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  1. kenneth2k1

    kenneth2k1 Thread Starter

    Oct 9, 2003
    My brother is having a problem with his computer. He tries to open the Task Manager, and nothing happens. No meter in the system tray, no task manager comes up. He can't get to it by either right-clicking Task Manager on the taskbar, or going Ctrl+alt+del. Nothing happens. I told him to go to start/run and type in taskmgr.exe, and he gets a message saying "Another program is using the task manager."

    What can he do to get the task manager to work? Or what should he check? Thanks.
  2. terryxp


    Mar 30, 2002
    Use msconfig to disable winupdates.exe from running....
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    Sep 7, 2004
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